Saturday, May 15, 2010

Greyhound Racing Ends in Rhode Island

Friday, May 14, 2010

PROVIDENCE , R.I. (AP) - Greyhound racing has come to an end in New England.

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri on Friday signed legislation that allows gambling parlor Twin River to stop offering dog racing, which had been required by law.

The owners of Twin River filed for bankruptcy protection last year, and wanted to stop dog racing because they said it was too expensive. The slot machines at Twin River are the third-largest source of income for the state.

The passage of the legislation means the last dog racing in New England happened in December, at Raynham Park in Massachusetts. The last race in RI was in August 2009.

Dog racing is now outlawed in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine . It ended for financial reasons in New Hampshire. Connecticut's last greyhound track closed in 2006.


Dory Skemp said...


lindsay said...

This is HUGE news for Rhode Island and greyhounds! There are many greyhounds now looking for homes because of the many track closures. If you are interested in greyhound adoption - google greyhound friends hopkinton Mass. They are having an open house today and tomorrow May 15 and 16.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I just adopted one and he is as fabulous as everyone says they are. Low key, curious, quiet and happy on the couch for most of the day interspersed by a couple of walks and playtime with a squeaky toy!